The state should ensure that science teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Commendably, Florida does not offer a certification in general science for secondary teachers.
Middle school science teachers in Florida must earn at least a bachelor's degree in general science or middle grades general science or a bachelor's degree with 18 semester hours in science that includes credit in biological science, chemistry or physics, and earth-space science or earth science. They must also pass the FTCE "Middle Grades General Science" exam.
Florida has approved the repeal of its middle grades integrated curriculum certification, which will now ensure specific content certification rather than an integrated model.
Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rules 6A-4.0322; 6A-4.0321; 6A-4.0233 Florida Teacher Certification Examinations www.fl.nesinc.com Repeal Approval http://www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/2011_09_20/40233.pdf
Florida was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.